With more than 300 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19) in Seoul for a week in a row, it was revealed that more than 100 members gathered at a church in Geumcheon-gu, Seoul and held a field service. As the number of confirmed cases has not declined nationwide, the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters (middle script) and local governments have come up with measures to close winter sports facilities and tourist attractions.
Seoul 7th day 300 people… 8 deaths a day alone
As of 0 o’clock on the 22nd, a total of 317 new corona19 confirmed cases were released in Seoul overnight. The number of new confirmed cases has been around 300 for a week since 378 were released on the 15th. In particular, in Seoul, 8 deaths occurred on the 21st, the highest after the Corona 19 landing in Korea. All of the deceased were elderly people in their 60s or older and had underlying diseases.
Park Yoo-mi, head of the city’s Citizen Health Bureau, explained that “the number of deaths in Seoul has not yet shown a significant decline, such as the death toll in a short period of time.”
Even across the country, the rate of increase in the number of deaths is on the rise. The time it took for the cumulative death toll in the country to rise from 500 to 600 was about 20 days from the 20th of last month to the 15th of this month. However, it has increased to 700 on the 21st, about a week later.
122 worshipers in the midst of this… Government, “Special Measures for Strengthening Defense Prevention”
In the midst of this, it was confirmed that at a church in Geumcheon-gu, Seoul, on the 13th, 122 members gathered and held a face-to-face service. In this church, a total of 13 people (8 confirmed cases in Seoul) have been infected so far. According to the government’s guidelines for step 2.5 of social distancing, it is forbidden to worship or eat when more than 20 people gather together.
The government set the period from the 24th to January 3rd of next year as a period of’special measures for strengthening quarantine during the year-end and New Year’ as the number of confirmed cases did not decrease despite the repeated step up of distance. Director Park Yoomi said, “It is planned to close and manage major tourist attractions such as sunrise and sunset, as well as national and public parks as much as possible.”
“Ganjeolgot·Jeongdongjin… National park is also closed as much as possible”
According to the script on the same day, major tourist attractions that are closed are Gangneung Jeongdongjin, Ulsan Ganjeolgot, Pohang Homigot, and Namsan Park in Seoul. Young-rae Son, head of the Strategic Planning Division of the Central Accident Control Headquarters, said, “This is a measure to prevent the spread of infection again after many people move to see the sunrise and sunset in the year-end and New Year holidays. “We will close as many national and public facilities as possible, excluding public and public facilities, which are facilities.”
Considering that the previous day, Seoul City, Gyeonggi-do, and Incheon City issued an administrative order to “prohibit private gatherings with more than 5 persons in the metropolitan area,” the quarantine measures have been further strengthened. From 0 o’clock on the 23rd, most private meetings are only allowed for a maximum of 4 people. With the exception of weddings and funerals, the standard of 2.5 levels (less than 50 people, less than 30 people for funerals in Seoul) is allowed, but there are no more than 5 people for the first birthday party, sixtieth birthday, and seventh birthday party.
The government sees the current situation as the most serious crisis after the coronavirus outbreak. On the 22nd, Seoul Mayor Seo Jeong-hyup said, “There were 10,000 cumulative confirmed cases two weeks ago, but it exploded to 15 million in just two weeks. The situation is the biggest after the Corona 19 outbreak.”
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